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Is the Walt Disney World Moms Panel Looking For You?

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For the sixth year, the Walt Disney World Moms Panel is conducting a search to find moms (and dads) for next year's panel. Members of the panel participate in Disney's online forum, answering questions about planning a Disney trip.

Note that, while the panel says "moms" and "dads," you don't necessarily have to have kids to be a member. You just need to have good Disney planning skills and spend a lot of time helping people to plan their own vacations.

Last year, the panel welcomed its first runDisney Mom. Among other specialties, this year the panel is looking for a Sports Team Mom with experience in planning team trips to the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex and Walt Disney World; the trips could be anything from football, basketball, and soccer to gymnastics, cheerleading, or dance, and anything in between. Also still in demand are bilingual and international members. Second languages that Disney is interested in include Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, and Vietnamese.

The application period opened Monday at the Moms Panel search site, and will close at midnight Friday night or when 14,000 applications are received, whichever comes first. You'll have to answer some basic demographic qualification and Disney trivia questions, write an essay of up to 100 words describing your Disney Park planning experience and how you help others plan, and select a primary area of expertise from Walt Disney World Resort, Disney Cruise Line, Aulani/Adventures by Disney, Disney Vacation Club, Disneyland Resort, runDisney, or ESPN Wide World of Sports Competitions. Once you select a specialty, you'll be asked a few questions about that specialty.

If you want to make it through to the next round of the process, you'll obviously need to get the Disney trivia and destination questions correct, but the 100-word essay will be the key to moving on. You'll really need to sell your story and your expertise, your commitment, your personality, and your attitude.

If you make the first cut, there will be additional questions and submissions, eventually leading to a final round of phone interviews. If you ace the phone interview and get selected to join the 2013 Walt Disney World Moms Panel, you'll need to be able to attend a training session at Walt Disney World in December 2012.

Each of the Moms Panel members that I've met have been unanimous in stating that they love participating on the panel, and that it's a wonderful experience. The folks running the panel are great, too!

So what are you waiting for? Get your application in before all of the spots are filled!

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